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June 06, 2008, 16:39
Rep. Bill Sali To Government Agency:
"Always Think Freedom"

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Friday, June 6, 2008


Representative Bill Sali is introducing a bill to send a message to
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(BATFE) that freedom still means something in this country.

As part of its Asset Forfeiture training program for agents, the
BATFE ordered 2,000 Leatherman tools inscribed with the words
"Always Think Forfeiture." The program urges agents to focus
on seizing private property.

Rep Sali believes the agency should be thinking 'Freedom,' not
'Forfeiture.' The Idaho Republican complained about the program
and recieved a letter from Acting ATF Director Michael Sullivan,
who apologized for the "confusion" over the issue.

While Rep. Sali appreciated the apology, he said that, "My
constituents deserve to know the truth about this marketing program,
which has been interpreted by many Idahoans as anti-gun and
anti-private property."

The agency halted distribution of the tools in the face of public
outcry, but "[t]he fact remains that the ATF thought it was OK to
think 'Always Think Forfeiture' instead of focusing on
protecting our constitutional rights," Sali said.

In a letter to his fellow Congressmen, Sali noted that "the inscription
raises serious concerns to law-abiding citizens as to the intent of an
ATF agent who is performing investigations, particularly with
respect to law-abiding gun owners."

Rep. Sali plans to introduce the 'Always Think Freedom' bill
sometime next week. The bill will prohibit the agency from
making purchases of tool kits "on which any reminder of
forfeiture appears."

Action: Please urge your Representative to become an original
cosponsor of the "Always Think Freedom Act."

You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Rep. the
pre-written e-mail message below.

UMR_Engnr
June 06, 2008, 17:31
While I agree that BATFE should know better. It seems like the "Always Think Freedom" bill is a waste of resources and time. If he is truly concerned then he should draw up a bill that actually imposes checks on BATFE.

Corkscrew
June 06, 2008, 18:21
I just got this message from GOA as well and I am outraged about the message the ATF is sending to its agents. Everyone should send this message to as many people as you know. It truly shows how misguided and out of control they are. Everyone who reads this should write a letter to their reps and demand that ATF Director Michael Sullivan resign!

FTW2012
June 06, 2008, 19:45
Bill Sali lives down the road from me, he is a good guy
Gerry Sweet is another Idaho Senator who is very pro-gun
I'm sure he is on the bandwagon with this as well.

I'm glad to live in a safe State with politicians who respect our Constitution!

Heat
June 06, 2008, 20:31
Originally posted by 308bolt



Or a bill that gets the F out of the BATFE.

Or better yet gets the BATFE the F out.

+1 !:beer:

deerollman
June 06, 2008, 21:08
Originally posted by UMR_Engnr
While I agree that BATFE should know better. It seems like the "Always Think Freedom" bill is a waste of resources and time. If he is truly concerned then he should draw up a bill that actually imposes checks on BATFE.

exactly, although such a bill will alert our obviously ignorant politicians about the policies of the atf. thats a plus.

xtremerange
June 07, 2008, 08:04
Originally posted by 308bolt



Or a bill that gets the F out of the BATFE.

Or better yet gets the BATFE the F out.

That's worth a creativity :beer: !